Welcome to Banda Aceh...
friendly and pleasant historical town was for almost 800 years
called Kutaraja, until the name in 1962 was changed to Banda Aceh.
Here traders from all over the known world met. From here Islam
spread to Malaysia, southern Thailand and southern Philippines.
the 17th century Banda Aceh was the center of a strong trading and
military power fighting Melaka and Portugal for dominance over the
Melaka Straights. The Acehnese armada lead by a female admiral and
using women as officers were feared by all. The black pepper trade
in the 19th century Aceh made Aceh a strong power again. In 1873 the
Dutch tried to take Kutaraja with 3.000 men, but were thrown back
into the sea. Later with 10.000 men, the biggest Dutch army ever in
Indonesia, they managed to take Banda Aceh. The war went on until
1907. A civil war went on for many years until Aceh was hit by the
Tsunami in 2004. Not many knew Banda Aceh until December 26, 2004,
but on this day Aceh made the headlines. The Tsunami, this tragic
catastrophe killed around 75.000 of Banda Aceh's population and
destroyed almost 60% of the town.
This turbulent history has left many objects of interest. See under
"WHAT TO SEE AND DO". You can read more about the Aceh history under GENERAL INFO >
Since the Tsunami new roads and houses have been built by different
aid organizations. Banda Aceh was and still is a lush town with lots
of trees giving shadow to its streets. Best is to take a day or two
and really enjoy the attractions and get to know the very friendly
people. The Acehnese love visitors, from wherever they come. If you
just have a few hours you still can see some centrally located
objects of interest, such as the impressive Grand Mosque and the
central market behind it. The Tsunami museum is also well worth a
visit, as well as the Aceh museum, and the PLN Electricity barge, a
reminder of the Tsunami.
Maybe the biggest attraction of Banda Aceh is the nightlife with all
its coffee shops and other places to eat. See more under "EATING
Remember, Lampuuk and Lhoknga with its fantastic
beaches, good surfing and delicious fresh fish BBQs. Are not far
away! See LAMPUUK
Note: Only hotels, restaurants and travel agents that help us
cover the costs of the Banda Aceh section are listed and named in
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